Pomeroy Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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This interesting and unusual surname acquires from two possible origins.  It may be of French locational origin from any of the following places in France, La Pommeraye, in Calvados and Seine-Inferieure, or Saint Sauveur La-Pommeraie in La Manche, which received their name from the old French “Pommeroie”, meaning apple orchard, from the Latin word “pomum”, apple.  More common variations are: Pomeroya, Pomerroy, Pomweroy, Pommeroy, Pomroy, Pomero, Pmeroy, Pomeray, Pommery.

The surname Pomeroy first found in Devon Where “the old family of Pomeray founded by the Norman continued to possess the Barony of Berry, until the attainder of Sir Thomas Pomeroy in the reign of Edward VI. ” The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Ralph de Pomerai,  dated 1086, in the Domesday Book of Devonshire and Somerset. It was during the reign of King William I, who was known as “William the Champion”, dated 1066-1087.  Surname all over the country became  a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation.  It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.  Surnames all over the country began to develop with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.

Some of the people with the name Pomeroywho arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Eltweed Pomeroy, who settled with his wife in N antasket in 1630.  Eltweed Pomeroy, who landed in New England in 1633.  Medad Pomeroy, who arrived in North Hampton, NH in 1660.  Joseph Pomeroy, who arrived in New England in 1678.  james Pomeroy and Theophilus Pomeroy, who settled in Barbados in 1685. Some of the people with the surname Pomeroywho arrived in the Canada in the 19th century included Mr. Benjamin Pomeroy U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Chalfont, St. Giles, co. Bucks). Ar. a lion ramp. sa. a bordure invecked gu. Crest—A fir-cone vert charged with a bezant.
2) (Berry-Pomeroy, co. Devon. Visit. Devon, 1620). Or, a lion ramp. and a bordure engr. gu. Crest—A lion sejant or, holding in the dexter forepaw an apple vert.
3) (cos. Devon and Worcester). Or, a lion ramp. gu. within a bordure engr. sa.
4) (Viscount Harberton). Motto—Virtutis fortuna comes. Or, a lion ramp. gu. holding betw. the paws an apple ppr. Crest—A lion ramp. gu. holding betw. the paws an apple ppr. Supporters—Two wolves, the dexter ppr., sinister ar., both plain collared and chained or.
5) Chequy gu. and ar. on a chev. sa. three annnlets or. Crest—A lion’s head erased gu. charged with four bezants and crowned with a ducal coronet ppr.
6) (granted to James Pomeroy, Esq., of Epping). Or, a lion ramp. gu. a bordure engr. sa. charged with eight crosses pattée ar. Crest—A fir cone erect ppr. charged with a fret or, betw. two fir-sprigs also ppr.
7) (granted 14 Oct. 1841, to James Pomeroy, and without the crest, to Emily Pomeroy Pomeroy, formerly Wakefield, the children of Robert Wakefield, of Clapton, in the parish of Hackney, Middlesex, gentleman, by Mary, his wife, dau. and co-heir of Thomas Pomeroy, Esq., late of Epping). Or, a lion ramp. gu. a bordure engr. sa. Crest—A lion sejant gu. holding in his dexter paw an apple or.
8) (St. Collumb, co. Cornwall, and co. Devon). Or, a lion ramp. a bordure engr. gu. a crescent for diff. Crest—Out of a ducal coronet or, a lion’s head guard, gu.
9) (Tregny, co. Cornwall). Or, a lion ramp. gu. a bordure engr. sa. Crest—A lion sejant gu. holding In the dexter paw an apple or.

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